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Month: May 2016

Power Pizza

Power Pizza

This is the only gluten free, dairy free pizza crust recipe you will ever need. It is strong enough for a tower of toppings, yet tender enough to savor each bite! Redefine pizza night with this recipe! This recipe makes two 12-inch pizzas.

Pizza

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup quinoa
  • ¾ cup millet
  • 2 scoops Nuzest Clean Lean Just Natural Powder
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 Tablespoons olive or avocado oil
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Your choice of pizza toppings

Method:

  1. Combine quinoa and millet. Soak the mixture in water, covered by at least 1 inch of water. Soak for 8 hours or overnight.
  2. When you are ready to prepare the crust, preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place parchment paper on two 12-inch pizza pans.
  3. Drain and rinse the quinoa/millet mixture. Add the mixture and the rest of the ingredients in a high powered blender. Blend on high until the mixture resembles a thick batter. Add an additional tablespoon of water, one at a time, if it is too thick.
  4. Pour the batter in equal parts onto the prepared pans. Use a spatula to spread batter onto each pan.
  5. Bake the crusts for 15 minutes. Flip each crust and return them to the oven for an additional 10-15 minutes, until lightly browned.
  6. Remove from the oven. Top each crust with your favorite pizza toppings (sauce, spinach, zucchini, nutritional yeast, cheese, etc.).  
  7. Return to the oven for an additional 8-10 minutes, or until the toppings have nicely browned.
  8. Remove your pizzas from the oven and let them cool before cutting on a cutting board.
  9. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Life

Life

As you may have noticed, Stewardchicks trends toward clean eating.  Many people today intentionally avoid impurities in what we consume to maximize our health and longevity.  But, what about impurities in our minds and in our hearts?  What can we do about that?

Having a living, active relationship with Jesus Christ is the most important thing you can do in this life.  The Bible tells us that God is absolutely holy.  That means that we cannot stand before Him with even the smallest trace of sin.  The truth is, we’ve all sinned.  Even though we live a “good,” moral life, we still do wrong things.  And, because of those wrongs, no matter how small, we are totally unable to right our wrongs before a holy God on our own.  In that state, we face eternal and rightful separation from God, experiencing His terrible wrath against sin.  Can you see our desperate need?

BUT, praise our Creator in heaven, He loves us so much that He has given us the singular solution to our desperate need in the person of His perfect Son, Jesus.  On the cross, Jesus gave His life paying the full price for our sins.  He did this so that we could have a true and living relationship with God.  It was and is the only way.  

Jesus wants to forgive you.  But, He does not force us.  Like reaching out to receive a present, we have to reach out and take hold of His gift of grace and forgiveness.  If you desire this gift, then in your heart, turn to Jesus, tell Him you need Him, and ask Him for mercy.  Open your heart to receive Jesus.  Your life satisfaction and eternal eternity depends entirely on what you do with Jesus in this life.

For those who do know the saving gift of God’s grace, we have the assurance from God Himself that we will experience His glory for all of eternity.  May we not stay silent.  May we proclaim God and His glory until there is no more breath in our lungs.

S’more B’Nice Cream Sandwiches

S’more B’Nice Cream Sandwiches

These are the perfect way to get a healthy ice cream sandwich reminiscent of your favorite childhood treats, except without the dairy, gluten, refined sugar or fats!  A multi-stage process…but well worth it!  

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Ingredients:

  • One batch of Protein B’Nice Cream (see previous post)
  • Crust (recipe follows)
  • Chocolate Frosting (recipe follows)

 

Crust Ingredients:

  • 1 can garbanzo beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 2 teaspoons alcohol free vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 Tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • ½ cup date paste
    • Note: Paste is made by placing 1 cup pitted dates plus ½ cup warm water in high powered blender until smooth.
  • 1 cup rolled oats (gluten free, if needed)
  • ½ cup flax meal
  • 1 scoop vanilla NuZest Clean Lean protein powder

 

Crust Method:

  1. Line a 7×11 jelly pan (or similar size)  with parchment paper.  Add oats and flax meal to food processor and process until it resembles a coarse flour. Add the rest of the crust ingredients, and mix in the food processor until combined. Dough will be very thick. Smooth into the pan with a spatula.  Use a sheet of parchment sprayed with coconut oil to help press the dough into a flat ¼ thick sheet.  May not completely fill the length of the pan, but that’s okay.  Place in freezer. Meanwhile, make chocolate frosting.

 

Chocolate Frosting Ingredients:

  • ½ cup defattened peanut flour (such as Anthony’s organic peanut flour or PB2)
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder (such as Wondercocoa)
  • ½-1 cup almond milk
  • 2 Tbs coconut nectar or liquid sweetener of choosing (such as maple syrup)

 

Frosting Method:

  1. Place peanut flour and cocoa in a small bowl.  Add liquid sweetener.  Then, slowly add milk a little at a time, stirring to incorporate until you get a smooth, thick frosting.  Adjust sweetness to taste.

 

Sandwich Assembly Method:

  1. Remove crust from freezer and spread frosting over entire sheet of dough.  Place in the freezer again while you make Protein B’Nice Cream.
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  2. After Protein B’Nice cream is made, remove dough from the freezer.  Cut dough in half longways.  Spread B’Nice cream in a 1 inch layer on one side of the dough.  Lift the side of the dough without the B’Nice cream and place on top of B’nice cream layer and press down slightly.  Wrap in the parchment paper and place in freezer for at least 2 hours. (Alternatively, tastes great freshly assembled, although, a tad messy!)
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  3. Remove 15 minutes prior to serving. When ready to serve, use a sharp knife to cut sandwiches.  Enjoy!
“CROSS”-fit

“CROSS”-fit

Feeling flabby?

I lived most of my life with a flabby body. As a young adult, I was strong and athletic…but, as life became more full, exercise was one of the easiest things to drop. And, as such, my body lacked tone and muscle. I lacked physical strength and stamina. I was flabby.

A few years ago, I began to exercise. At first, I did cardio and then added light weights. After just a few weeks, I found that working out paid huge dividends. I began to see changes in my energy level, physical strength and mood. Exercise was no longer something I could just toss away. I just felt so much better. It made the early morning commitment, pain, and sweat so worth it.

The other day, I was considering this progression from flabby to fit…and it dawned on me that there are other areas of my life where I see “flab.” For example, lack of discipline in the stewardship over my home. I can look around me and see an excess of unnecessary “stuff.” I really do desire to sift through it all and purge…yet, I don’t. Flab.

Which leads me to think…how fit are we spiritually? How active are we in working out a strong relationship with God? Do we invest the time in God’s Word, our true source of stamina? Are we exercising and sweating it out in prayer? Are we obeying God, dying to self and living for His purposes? Are we spiritually toned?

Philippians 2:12b-13
…continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose.

“Work out” literally means to work until it is done. It is clear that this is a call to something I must do. How does a Christian “work out” their salvation? Read His Word daily. Be intentional in prayer. Talk to Jesus constantly. Obey Him. Always. Serve His body, the church. Love God. Love people. Live set apart from this world…all of this to the glory of the Lord.

As tempting as it is to groan at this hard work…we are to work out our salvation with an attitude of sober reverence for God Almighty and complete dependency on Him. Jesus Christ is not someone just for us to admire and take His commands as mere suggestions. Check out Revelation 19:11-16 for a refresher of His stature…and stand in awe.

To be spiritually toned is a long-term strategy. You don’t become toned overnight or only through training in short bursts. And, any lapse in training will quickly lose gains. Being toned is a daily strength-building program, essential to living a full life. Jesus says in John 10:10

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Jesus did not come to this world for me to have a flabby, weak, less-than life. He came so that I could have life to the max, lacking in nothing…an “at capacity,” fully saturated life rooted in a relationship with Him. Just like exercise, this takes work on our part.

But, a life of faith is not just us “doing more.” If that were the case, we would all just fail miserably and sit around flabby in faith and miserable in life. God knows that about us. And, as such, God says He works in us to complete His “good purpose.” What does that mean? It is everything! Philippians 4:19 says God meets all of our needs…including my spiritual fitness…out of His glorious riches in Christ. We just need to cooperate with His work in us and “work out” what He “works in.”

We build up our faith in partnership with God. Jesus is faithful to complete what He starts in us. As we study His Word, we desire more of Him and less of ourselves, increasing our spiritual fitness. As the things of this earth grow strangely less enticing, our spiritual endurance grows. As we obey Jesus’ instructions, we loose our heavy burdens. As we go to Him first with our problems instead of others, we increase in our spiritual stamina. As we press on each day toward the goal of a Christ-toned life, we will experience life to the fullest…all by His grace and to His glory.

As you consider your own state of spiritual fitness, where do you find that you are spiritually flabby? Will you, right now, ask Jesus to fill you with the grace that you need to tone that area of your faith? And, will you, right now, commit to doing the needed exercises to become “CROSS-fit?” God is for you in this… strengthen your faith and give God all the glory (Romans 4:20)!

Blessings and hugs,
Marci

Protein Packed Blueberry Pancakes

Protein Packed Blueberry Pancakes

Never again feel guilty eating pancakes for breakfast…lunch…or even dinner!  This protein packed meal will easily sustain you anytime of the day.  These reheat nicely and are delicious with a smear of almond butter.

Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups rolled oats (gluten free, if necessary)
  • 2 cups cottage cheese
  • ½ cup almonds
  • 2 scoops vanilla NuZest Clean Lean Protein
  • Cup of blueberries (fresh or frozen)

 

Method:

  1. Heat griddle while making batter.
  2. Place all ingredients, minus blueberries, in a high speed blender in the order listed.  Pulverize on high speed until a thick, smooth batter is produced.
  3. Lightly coat griddle with coconut oil.  Pour batter onto griddle forming  medium sized pancakes.  Place 4-5 blueberries onto each pancake. Flip when small bubbles form.  Cook another 3-4 minutes.  Remove to plate.
  4. Eat and enjoy!  Super tasty with fruit topping of choice.  
Power Me Up Cookies

Power Me Up Cookies

Ever get those mid-morning or afternoon munchies, but want to avoid the vending machine?  Bake up a batch of these babies and pack them for moments just like these.  A perfectly sweet protein snack!

Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas (the spottier the better)
  • 2 scoops vanilla Nuzest Clean Lean Protein
  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats (gluten free, if needed)
  • ¼ cup Chocolate chips (optional)
  • Almond butter (optional)

 

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place peeled bananas in a food processor and process until smooth.
  3. Put in two scoops of Nuzest Clean Lean Protein and process until combined.
  4. Toss in oats and pulse only until incorporated.
  5. Scoop ⅓ cup batter into rounds on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes (until you see light browning on the edges).
  7. Remove from the oven.  Place 4 chocolate chips on top of each cookie, if using. Allow a few minutes for chips to melt.  
  8. Devour.  Pairs great with a cup of cold almond milk.
  9. Tip: These cookies are delicious with a smattering of almond butter.
Cup-O-‘Nilla

Cup-O-‘Nilla

Craving a warm, creamy drink minus the sugar, dairy, and line at the local coffee house? This cup of vanilla yumminess is packed with protein and will most certainly satisfy within the comforts of your own kitchen.

CupONilla

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of almond milk, warmed
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Nuzest Clean Lean Protein
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon alcohol free vanilla

 

Method:

  1. Place warmed milk in a blender, followed by the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Blend for 10 seconds on low speed, just until froth forms.
  3. Pour into your favorite mug.
  4. Grab a good book and enjoy this tasty treat.
Protein B’Nice Cream

Protein B’Nice Cream

As the temperatures increase with the approach of summer, so do our temptations for a “naughty” tub of dairy delight. With this recipe, there is no guilt. Only sugar free, dairy free, protein packed pleasure!

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Ingredients:

  • 4 frozen bananas (the spottier the better)
  • 2 scoops vanilla Nuzest Clean Lean Protein
  • ¼ cup chopped almonds or other toppings of choice (optional)

 

Method:

  1. Place frozen bananas in the food processor. Tip: Bananas can be frozen whole and broken into thirds, or frozen as coins on a baking sheet.
  2. Pulse until bananas appear “crumbly.”
  3. Scrape down with a rubber spatula. Continue to work in a series of pulses until the bananas become incorporated and smooth. May take several minutes. 

    Tip: Be careful not to process too long after bananas become smooth, as the bananas can loose form quickly. 

  4. Add two scoops of vanilla Nuzest Clean Lean Protein. Pulse to combine.
  5. Eat immediately, topped with your favorite extras. Or, put in freezer to harden. If freezing, defrost on the counter for at least 20 minutes before enjoying.